Leo Tolstoy Archive

The Teaching of Christ Narrated for Children
Chapter 52

Written: 1908
Source: From RevoltLib.com
Transcription/Markup: Andy Carloff
Online Source: RevoltLib.com; 2021

Leo Tolstoy

And when Jesus was already hanging on the cross, people surrounded him and cursed him. People came to him, nodded to him, and told: “Well, you wanted to destroy the Temple in Jerusalem in three days, and in three days to build the new one. Come on now, rescue yourself, come down from the cross!” And the chief priests and the scribes stood nearby and also laughed at him and told: “You saved others, but cannot save yourself. Show us now that you are the Christ, come down from the cross, and then we will believe you.” “He said that he is the son of God, and said that God would not leave him. What about now – has God left him?” And people, and the chief priests, and soldiers laughed at him. And one of the robbers crucified next to him, told the same: “If you are the Christ, then save yourself and us as well.” But another robber heard this and said: “Aren’t you’re afraid of God, you are hanging on the cross yourself for the wrong deeds, but are laughing over the innocent. You and I are punished for a reason, but this man did nothing wrong.” In the ninth hour, Jesus spoke in a loud voice: “My God, my God! Why have you left me?" And when people heard that, they began to talk and laugh: “He is calling Ilya the Prophet! Let’s see how Ilya will come.” Then Jesus asked: “Drink!” And one person took a sponge, soaked it in vinegar and passed it to Jesus on a stick. Jesus sucked the sponge and said in a loud voice: “It’s over! Father, I give my spirit in your hands!” And he bowed his head, and let go of spirit. (Matthew 27, 39-44; Luke 23, 39-41; Matthew 27, 46-49, John 19, 28-30)

1) How did they bully over Jesus?
2) What did Jesus say before he died?